Paisley North
Former county constituency
for the Scottish Parliament
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Paisley North shown within the West of Scotland electoral region and the region shown within Scotland
Former constituency
Created1999
Abolished2011
Council areaRenfrewshire

Paisley North was a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). It elected one Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it was one of nine constituencies in the West of Scotland electoral region, which elected seven additional members, in addition to nine constituency MSPs, to produce a form of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

From the Scottish Parliament election, 2011, the town of Paisley was split between two new constituencies. Paisley largely replaced Paisley North and Paisley South. Renfrewshire North and West took some parts of the north west of Paisley.

Electoral region

See also: West of Scotland (Scottish Parliament electoral region)

Before the 2011 Boundary Review, the other eight constituencies of the West of Scotland region were; Dumbarton, Clydebank and Milngavie, Cunninghame North, Eastwood, Greenock and Inverclyde, Paisley South, Strathkelvin and Bearsden and West Renfrewshire

The region covers the West Dunbartonshire council area, the East Renfrewshire council area, the Inverclyde council area, most of the Renfrewshire council area, most of the East Dunbartonshire council area, part of the Argyll and Bute council area and part of the North Ayrshire council area.

Constituency boundaries

The Paisley North constituency was created at the same time as the Scottish Parliament, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of an existing Westminster constituency. In 2005, however, the Westminster (House of Commons) constituency was abolished in favour of new constituencies.[1]

Council areas

The Holyrood constituency was within the Renfrewshire council area. The rest of the Renfrewshire area was covered by the Paisley South, West Renfrewshire and Glasgow Govan constituencies.

The West Renfrewshire constituency also covered a portion of the Inverclyde council area, and the Glasgow Govan constituency also covered a portion of the Glasgow City council area.

Glasgow Govan was in the Glasgow electoral region.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Election Member Party
1999 Wendy Alexander Labour
2011 Constituency abolished: replaced by Paisley

Election results

2007 Scottish Parliament election: Paisley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Alexander 12,111 52.2 +4.3
SNP Andrew Doig 6,998 30.2 +1.7
Conservative Malcolm MacAskill 1,721 7.4 -1.0
Liberal Democrats Angela McGarrigle 1,570 6.8 -0.9
Scottish Socialist Iain Hogg 525 2.3 -5.3
Independent John Plott 281 1.2 New
Majority 5,113 22.0 +2.6
Turnout 23,206 53.4 +4.0
Labour hold Swing 1.3
2003 Scottish Parliament election: Paisley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Alexander 10,631 47.9 -0.7
SNP George Adam 6,321 28.5 -3.5
Conservative Allison Cook 1,871 8.4 +0.3
Liberal Democrats Brian O'Malley 2,338 7.7 ±0.0
Scottish Socialist Sean Hurl 1,678 7.6 +4.0
Majority 4,310 19.4 +2.8
Turnout 22,206 49.4 -7.3
Labour hold Swing
1999 Scottish Parliament election: Paisley North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Wendy Alexander 13,492 48.6 N/A
SNP Ian MacKay 8,876 32.0 N/A
Conservative Peter Ramsay 2,242 8.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats Tamsin Mayberry 2,133 7.7 N/A
Scottish Socialist Fiona Macdonald 1,007 3.6 N/A
Majority 4,616 16.6 N/A
Turnout 27,750 56.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Notes and references